Charles A. Dana


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(1819–97), born in New Hampshire, was associated as a young man with the Brook Farm community, but left this group to work on the New York Tribune, of which he was managing editor under Greeley (1849–62). Although he opposed militant labor, Dana's point of view was generally liberal, and he was a brilliant editorial and business manager. His chauvinistic policy at the outbreak of the Civil War led to his dismissal, after which he became a special investigator for the War Department, and assistant secretary of war (1864). He became part owner of the New York Sun in 1867 and edited it with a personal and perverse social and political policy but achieved his aim of “condensation, clearness, point, and …the most luminous and lively manner.” He edited the American Cyclopædia (1858–64) with George Ripley, and wrote his Recollections of the Civil War (1898).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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